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Android tablets must be the new black. Or, something like that. The deluge continues, and while it was already hard enough to make heads or tails of the blooming Android slate market, this won't make things any easier. The newest on the block is one from Storage Options, which is introducing two new guys in the 2012 tablet line-up. Both, of course, will ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Scroll Elite and Engage are the newcomers. The first one has a 9.7" capacitive touch panel, 16GB of built-in memory, a microSD card slot, an IPS panel, and Android 4.0. The Engage ships with an 8" capacitive XGA display, a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, Mali-400 dual-core CPU and plenty of power for... Read more...
ThinkPad historians may recall Lenovo's X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year. Both were formidable machines, but Intel's 3rd-gen series of Core processors weren't out yet. Turns out, that kind of horsepower was missing in certain models. Now, however, the company's dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs are out in full force, bringing a nice boost in computing throughput as well as energy efficiency to a space that's begging for both. The Lenovo ThinkPad X230T is a netvertible in its truest sense. Open it up, and it's a 12.5-inch ultraportable notebook that seems a bit heftier than the competition. Spin the reversible IPS panel around and fold it down, and you've got yourself... Read more...
These days, it seems we're hearing more and more about tablets eating away at market share that was once ruled by netbooks and notebooks. Netbooks we can believe -- we haven't seen a compelling wave of new netbooks in months -- but are people really choosing tablets with limited functionality over full-scale laptops? That argument is expected to hit an even higher note once Windows 8 launches this autumn, bringing a full "desktop operating system" to a tablet form factor. But for now, there's Windows 7, and that's exactly what's onboard Lenovo's newest convertible tablet, the ThinkPad X230T. ThinkPad historians may recall the X220 (laptop) and X220T (convertible tablet / notebook) from last year.... Read more...
The late Steve Jobs was never a fan of so-called tweener devices, otherwise known as 7-inch tablets, a category he felt strongly was dead in the water. He was wrong. Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire is the second best selling tablet in the world, behind only to the mighty iPad. That's pretty impressive when you consider the number of Android slates that came before it, and it might also serve as motivation for Apple CEO Tim Cook to approve the construction of an iPad Mini. In fact, there's no shortage of rumors that suggest Apple is already working on an iPad Mini, and if that's the case, do you wonder what it might look like? Designer Justin Quinn did, and he took his vision of how he thought an... Read more...
Windows 8 is all the rage at Computex this year, just as Windows 7 was in years prior. With Microsoft major OS overhaul pinned for an autumn release, most of its partners are choosing now to showcase what's just around the corner. Asus is obviously in that group, and it's showing off a load of new gear in Taiwan. For starters, there's the 11.6" Tablet 810 and the 10.1" Tablet 600, also known as the Windows RT. Pushing the boundaries of what is possible the ASUS Transformer Book, ASUS Transformer AiO and ASUS TAICHI have been rolled out. Let's break it all down a bit, shall we? The TAICHI is a slim, sleek Ultraportable with  two screen options: an 11.6" version and a 13.3" version. Each one... Read more...
Ah, the wide world of Windows 8 is opening up even further this week, and in a major way. Computex is the launching ground for quite a few new Win8-based devices, with Asus in particular introducing the Windows RT Tablet. It's a 10.1" convertible device with an optional keyboard dock, using NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor. There's plenty of power here, for sure. ASUS didn’t disclose pricing or availability for what they described for now as a product preview, but that seems to be the norm with these Windows 8-based rigs. The companies are aiming for a "no-compromise, touch-first Windows experience," with both NVIDIA and Asus working tightly with Microsoft to perfect the Metro... Read more...
If Acer's dishing out Windows 8-equipped desktops and Ultrabooks, might as well throw out a few tablets, too. That's the goal, right? Right! Over at Computex, Acer has just introduced the ICONIA W510 and ICONIA W700, two Win8 slates that are engineered to handle Metro. According to Acer, the most unique part of the W510 tablet is the tri-mode, allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode, which is excellent for watching... Read more...
So, there are tablets for big folks -- like the Galaxy Note 10.1 and iPad -- and then there are slates for the kids. Well, there aren't a lot, but it's a growing market. Archos is contributing to the cause with the new Child Pad, a unique 7" Ice Cream Sandwich-based slate that'll sell for $129.99. It's pretty outrageous to see an Android 4.0 slate for this cheap, and the specs aren't half bad, either. There's a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a cute shell featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Which we know some adults would dig, too.) It'll ship with some preloaded content specifically for kids, and it'll also include a half-year parental control application for child-safe web browsing. The ICS... Read more...
What would you pay for a slate with Ice Cream Sandwich? $200? $300? More? Less? Well, if you're looking for one on the cheap, look no further. Ematic, a company that sells little more than "value tablets," has just introduced the 7" eGlide Steal. Funny, since the price really does feel like a steal. It includes Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 1GHz processor, a dedicated GPU, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space. There's a microSD slot for expansion, to. As for other specs, there's a three-axis gyroscope coupled with an accelerometer for advanced motion sensing, built-in Wi-Fi, 1080p playback support, an HDMI connector, a front-facing camera, voice recording and a bit of pre-loaded... Read more...
When word first leaked out that Apple was developing a tablet, many assumed the end result would cost consumers a small fortune. It's Apple, after all, and whether the so-call Apple Tax is real or imagined, Apple products usually tend to cost more than their Windows-based counterparts. So when Apple launched its first iPad starting at $499 -- a price point it's maintained for every subsequent generation iPad -- it was quite the pleasant surprise to the many folks who assumed the Cupertino outfit would charge much more, perhaps twice as much. Well, there's finally an iPad that costs an arm and a leg. More specifically, a first generation iPad prototype recently generated a winning bid of $10,200... Read more...
"Adapt or die." It's a phrase used in countless movies and novels, and honestly, it makes sense. And it's the same mantra that GameStop is adhering to. The gaming giant knows that physical game sales are on the decline, and there's only one way to keep those profits up: change the business model. Recently, it announced contract-free SIM service acting as an MVNO, and now, it has announced that it will carry a selection of Android tablets in over 1,600 American stores. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 will go for $299.99, while the Asus TF300T will go for $100 more. Toshiba's Excite 10 is in the mix at $449.99, too. To mix things up a bit, GameStop is preloading its Android tablets with a free selection... Read more...
Does the world really need another Gingerbread-based tablet? Well, North America probably doesn't, but other parts of the world could sure use it. Talk of India reaping a sub-$100 tablet has been circulating for years now, and this week Malaysia is jumping into that fold with a lot more than just vaporware. The country has proudly announced the arrival of its first branded slate, the 1Mpad. It's a pretty common 7" form factor that looks a lot like the hardware surrounding the original Galaxy Tab. The country is delivering this with one thing in mind: educating its youth. It's a great idea, and some 5,000 of the units are now being offered up. At first, end users outside of the education sector... Read more...
Dell hasn't exactly been shy about the fact that it's working on a tablet based on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 platform -- several OEMs are. But what we haven't known, at least until now, are the specifics. For example, is Dell planning to launch a full-size tablet like the iPad, or a smaller slate like the Kindle Fire? And what hardware will Dell bring to the Windows 8 tablet party? Thanks to some leaked info, we can answer those questions. An anonymous tipster sent Neowin.net an official slide detailing Dell's Windows 8 tablet. Here are some of the highlights: 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display; optional stylus 1366x768 screen resolution Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor... Read more...
As is often times the case, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and perhaps that's the motivation behind Google's upcoming 7-inch tablet. Rumor has an official Google tablet sized the same as Amazon's Kindle Fire is en route and will start shipping in June, with an official launch to take place in July. Citing "sources from the upstream supply chain," DigiTimes claims initial shipments will reach 600,000. The DT rumor mill also says Google isn't doing this all by itself, and instead is getting a helping hand from Asus, which is co-developing the 7-inch slate with the sultan of search. By the end of the year, DigiTimes says shipments could reach upwards of 2.5 million... Read more...
If you're an Android fan, it's not a tablet party unless there's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), and that point isn't lost on Matsunichi, the company that plans to sell its full-sized 9.7-inch MarquisPad (MP977) for $249 in the U.S. That's an incredible price point for an ICS tablet this size, and going by the spec sheet alone, it doesn't appear to be overly gimped, though there are some notable omissions. The MarquisPad boasts a 9.7-inch display with a 1024x768 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 2GB of internal memory, microSD card slot with a 2GB card pre-installed, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, front-facing camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 4000 mAh battery.... Read more...
Apple is having a changing of heart about attaching the 4G moniker to its third generation iPad tablet. In truth, 4G LTE service on the iPad only really works in the U.S. and Canada via a handful of carriers (five, to be exact), and it didn't sit well with some remote locales that Apple was labeling compatible devices as "Wi-Fi + 4G." Amid mounting criticism, Apple removed the 4G moniker in many parts of the world, including the U.S. If you head over to Apple's online store or visit one of its retail locations, you'll find that those version iPads are now called "Wi-Fi + Cellular." In addition to the U.S. and Canada, 9to5Mac claims Apple replaced the 4G moniker in the U.K., Australia, UAE, Vietnam,... Read more...
Samsung's 17" Series 7 Chronos isn't the only product in the company's stable shipping this week. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (what a mouthful!) and the Galaxy Player 4.2 will be available for purchase nationwide (that's the USA) this weekend. Starting on May 13th, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be available for $399.99 and the media player for $199.99; both of which will ship alongside the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Player 3.6, smaller versions of the same products. Retailers carrying the devices include Amazon, Best Buy, hhgregg, Tiger Direct, WalMart, Office Depot and others. The Tab 2 10.1 isn't apt to make the same impact as the original, but it's still probably seen as one of the better Android... Read more...
The secret to Android's success in the tablet space is going to be the various manufacturers' ability to launch lower cost slates, a point that was proven when Amazon debuted its $199 Kindle Fire tablet, which quickly became the second best selling slate behind the mighty iPad. The Kindle Fire, of course, is more of a glorified eBook reader that measures just 7 inches. As far as full-sized 10-inch slates go, Ematic thinks it has a winner on its hands with its new eGlide XL Pro 2, an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet priced at a reasonable $220. The specs won't blow you away -- it has a 1GHz processor, 400MHz GPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 5GB of cloud storage, and a microSD card... Read more...
If you thought the tablet market was popular now, just wait until 2017. According to data released by market research firm DisplaySearch, tablet PC shipments are expected to balloon from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units in 2017. What's more, DisplaySearch increased its shipment forecast for next year (2013) from 168.9 million tablets to 184.2 million. These numbers have mostly benefited Apple, but more players will begin to take bigger slices of the tablet pie in the coming years, DisplaySearch says. "So far in this relatively young product category, the tablet PC market has been dominated by Apple and has tended to include a number of competing products that are similarly configured... Read more...
Fragmentation in the Android camp? Only if you're talking about smartphones. Since the introduction of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, buyers looking for a low-cost Android slate that doesn't suck have had a serviceable option. So serviceable and affordable, in fact, that fragmentation in the Android tablet space could cease to be a problem in the not-too-distant future if things continue the way they are. Don't believe it? Well, according to comScore, the Kindle Fire accounted for 54.4 percent of all Android tablets at the end of February 2012. That's up significantly from 41.8 percent at the end of January 2012, and from 29.4 percent -- or less than a third -- at the end of December 2011. Without... Read more...
Apple is now estimating five to seven business days for online orders of the new iPad to process and ship in the U.S., whereas previously the wait time was pegged at two to three weeks and, more recently, one to two weeks. The significant reduction in wait time suggests Apple is finally starting to keep pace with demand a month after launching the third generation iPad device (you can read our full review of the new iPad here). There were reports around the Web that Apple was having trouble keeping up with demand because of a shortage of Retina displays, which happens to be the primary selling point of the new iPad. Apple is said to have tapped into both LG and Sharp to help pick up the slack... Read more...
While both Amazon and Barnes & Noble seem to be holding the lion's portion of tablet market share down at the sub-$200 level, there's probably room for one or two more to make a dent; particularly at $150. XTEX has just announced My Tablet, a simply-titled unit with a 7-inch display, Wi-Fi and Android 4.0.3. That's right; an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with an MSRP of just $150. It ships with a 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 16GB internal HDD (with a 32GB microSD card), an 800x480 screen resolution and a front-facing 2MP webcam. It also supports USB, 1080p outvia via HDMI, and a headphone port. Hard to say if it'll catch fire, but at $50 less than the Kindle Fire -- it's certainly worth a look for... Read more...
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